Arabidopsis MAPKs: A complex signalling network involved in multiple biological processes

Jean Colcombet, Heribert Hirt*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many changes in environmental conditions and hormones are mediated by MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) cascades in all eukaryotes, including plants. Studies of MAPK pathways in genetic model organisms are especially informative in revealing the molecular mechanisms by means of which MAPK cascades are controlled and modulate cellular processes. The present review highlights recent insights into MAPK-based signalling in Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress), revealing the complexity and future challenges to understanding signal-transduction networks on a global scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-226
Number of pages10
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 15 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress)
  • Biotic and abiotic stresses
  • Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)
  • Phosphorylation cascade
  • Signalling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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